Have You Started Your Holiday Shopping for 2017?

Many people have begun their holiday shopping while others will wait for Black Friday in hopes of getting the best deals on gifts for everyone on their holiday shopping list. Some retailers have already leaked their Black Friday ads in hopes of attracting shoppers to their stores when the doors open on Black Friday. Other retailers have decided to open on Thanksgiving Day to give shoppers an early start to the holiday shopping season. Big Lots and Game Stop decided to be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. However, some retailers have announced they will be closed this Thanksgiving Day to give their employees the day to spend with family and friends. USA Today reports that Cabela’s, Burlington, Ikea, Neiman Marcus, and Home Depot are just a few of the stores that will not be opening their doors to customers on Thanksgiving Day this year. ABC30 has a list of stores in Fresno on its website that will be open and closed on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you choose to shop on Thanksgiving Day or wait until the early morning hours on Black Friday to begin your holiday shopping, you need to remember to be safe and smart during the holiday shopping season.

What Can I Expect During My Car Accident Claim?

There are many things to be worried about after a car accident.  Who will pay my medical bills? How will I get my car repaired? Will I need to hire an attorney? How will I pay the legal fees? When can I get my money for the accident? Will I need to file a lawsuit? The good news is that most car accident claims are settled without the need to file a lawsuit. The length of time it will take to settle your accident depends on several factors. Some things you can expect to occur during your car accident claim include:

Fresno Car Accident Questions — Part One

When you are involved in a car accident, you may have many questions about what you should do and how to file an insurance claim. Our Fresno car accident attorneys meet with clients each week who have been injured in traffic accidents in California. Below are answers to several of the common questions about car accident cases in Fresno. What do I do immediately after a car accident? You should call 911 to report the crash and stay at the scene until help arrives. At the accident scene, be sure to ask witnesses for their names and contact information. Many times, a witness will leave before the officer arrives once the witness verifies no one is severely injured. If possible, take photographs of the accident scene while you wait on the officer. Never admit fault or say you are sorry at the accident scene.

Are Your Passengers Safe?

Your passengers have no control over their safety when they are riding in your vehicle. Your actions and the actions of other drivers can place your passengers in danger. Just as you owe others using the road a duty of care to act reasonably to avoid accidents, you also owe your passengers that same duty of care. If you cause an accident that results in an injury to your passenger, your passenger can sue you for the damages caused by the accident.

When Do I Need a Lawyer for My Accident Claim?

After being involved in a traffic accident, seeing a doctor is your first priority. You need to seek medical attention to protect your health and well-being. However, you should also make it a priority to seek legal counsel. A Fresno car accident attorney can help you in many ways. Your attorney can protect your legal rights and deal with your claim while you focus on your recovery.

Mistakes You Can Make That Hurt Your Car Accident Claim

It is easy to make a mistake when you are handling a car accident claim, especially if you have never been in an accident or dealt with an insurance adjuster. Below are five mistakes that can seriously harm your claim if you are not very careful. Mistake Number One: Not Calling the Police The other driver may try to convince you that you can handle the “matter” between the two of you. Unless you know you are not injured and the damage is minor, this is a mistake. Because you could have suffered whiplash or another injury that may not show signs until a few hours or days later, not calling the police can be a huge mistake. It is better to have an official record of the crash to prove the accident occurred. While you can pursue an accident claim without a police report, it can help to have the report if the other driver tries to claim he or she was not involved or did not cause the crash.

Can I Recover Money for My Car Accident If I Caused the Crash?

In some cases, you may be entitled to recover money for your car accident claim even though you are partially at fault for the crash. Because of California’s comparative fault law, you may be able to receive compensation for a portion of your medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages. To determine if you can recover money for your claim, we urge you to call our Fresno accident attorneys for a free consultation today. How Does Comparative Fault Work in California? California has adopted a pure comparative fault standard for personal injury cases.  When more than one party is responsible for the cause of an accident, the court “compares” the fault for the accident and assigns a percentage of fault to each responsible party.

How Do You File a Lawsuit for a Motorcycle Accident?

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Fresno, your first priority is to seek medical attention for your injuries. Motorcycle crashes often result in traumatic injuries for the rider because of the lack of protection from the impact of the collision. In some cases, the motorcyclist faces months of painful recovery because of another driver’s negligence. If you are injured in an accident, you are entitled to file a claim to recover money for your injuries and losses. However, filing a motorcycle accident claim may not be as simple as you thought or as straightforward as the insurance adjuster for the other driver suggested. Our Fresno motorcycle accident attorneys can help.

How to Know if You Were Injured in a Traffic Accident?

This sounds like an odd question because you would assume that anyone involved in a traffic accident would know if that person sustained an injury. However, this is not always the case. After an accident, you may believe that you are “okay” because you do not feel any immediate pain or have any visible signs of harm. However, this does not always mean that you escaped the crash without any injuries. Traffic accidents, including pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle crashes, can be violent and cause injuries that are not immediately known to the victim. Some injuries may have delayed symptoms. Therefore, you should always see a doctor after any accident, regardless of whether you feel fine or you believe the accident was “minor.” Even low-impact accidents can cause debilitating injuries.

Tips for Spotting a Drunk Driver in Fresno

Drunk and drugged drivers pose a real and deadly threat to everyone on the road. Drivers using alcohol or drugs have a higher risk of being involved in a traffic accident due to their impaired abilities. Because you cannot stop everyone from getting behind the wheel when they are drunk or drugged, you need to know the signs of an impaired driver so you can report the suspected driver to the police and get out of his way.